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image of Neapolitan Fisherboy (Pêcheur napolitain à la coquille) Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (artist)
French, 1827 - 1875
Neapolitan Fisherboy (Pêcheur napolitain à la coquille), 1857-after 1861
overall: 92 × 42 × 47 cm, 390 lb. (36 1/4 × 16 9/16 × 18 1/2 in., 176.903 kg)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
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From the Tour: Marble Sculpture from France
Object 8 of 8


Sold by the artist, possibly before February 1862, to Napoléon III [1808-1873], but officially identified as owned by his wife Eugénie [1826-1920]; installed at the Palais des Tuileries, Paris;[1] taken by the imperial family as private property to their first residence in exile in England, Chislehurst, probably by summer 1871; bequeathed by Eugénie as part of the family estate at her final English residence, The Hall, Farnborough (Hampshire), to her nephew, Prince Napoléon Victor Jérôme Bonaparte [1862-1926]; sold privately before the estate sales of July 1927 to (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris);[2] (Duveen Galleries, New York, by January 1941);[3] sold 1941 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; placed on loan March 1941 to the National Gallery of Art;[4] gift 1943 to NGA.

[1] Louis Clément-Carpeaux, La Vérité sur l'oeuvre et la vie de J.-B. Carpeaux, 2 vols., Paris, 1934-1935: 1:82.

[2] "A Farnborough ont été photographiés par le comte [illegible in original document] chez l'Impératrice Eugénie les deux groupes en marbre du pêcheur et de la Jeune fille de la coquille. Ces groupes n'ont pas figuré à la vente de l'Impératrice, ni à Londres les 1er ou 7 Juillet 1927 ni à Farnborough les 18-27 Juillet 1927. (Le marbre avec son pendant ayant été à Farnborough, ont été achetés à l'amiable par Duveen.)" Registre [Elie Fabius], Archives, Fabius Frères, Paris. Pierre Fabius made available this unpublished reference.

[3] Royal Cortissoz, "Certain Figures in French Sculpture", New York Herald Tribune, 5 January 1941: VI:8. This article was also reprinted as a small book, with black and white illustrations of the sculptures, that served as a catalogue for the exhibition at Duveen Galleries (privately printed by the William Bradford Press, New York, 1941).

[4] In NGA registrarial files.

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